Former SMU and Dallas Mavericks basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was erroneously reported dead this week.
Ross, who graduated from Kimball High School, lives in the suburbs near Dallas and was attending Monday night’s NIT second-round game between LSU and SMU.
He said he woke Monday morning to a phone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being.
“My phone was going crazy,” he said. “I checked Facebook. Finally, I went on the Internet, and they were saying I was dead. I just couldn’t believe it.”
The New York Post ran a story early Monday on its website identifying Ross as a man found dead, inside a trash bag and buried in a shallow grave on a New York beach. The newspaper later corrected the story, saying the deceased was a different man named Quinton Ross.
That was helpful, but it didn’t undo the damage.
The 32-year-old Ross called loved ones and posted on Facebook to “let everybody know I was OK.”
“A couple [relatives] already heard it,” he said. “They were crying. I mean, it was a tough day, man, mostly for my family and friends.”
After playing for SMU, Ross played seven NBA seasons with five teams, mostly with the Los Angeles Clippers.
He played in 27 games for the Mavericks in the 2009-10 season, starting seven, and averaged two points a game.
His final NBA season came in 2010-11 with the New Jersey Nets. Since then he has played in the D-League and in France.
Ross led Kimball to the Class 5A state championship game in 1999 but lost to Duncanville.
Ross played four years at SMU, leaving as the fourth all-time leading scorer. He won WAC player of the year honors in 2002-03.